Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Michael Shore, MEDC
Local Colleges Will Help Companies Enhance Competitiveness
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a total of $602,197 in Economic Development Job Training funding to upgrade the skills of 1,512 current workers and 397 new hires at six southeast Michigan companies. The funding, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will underwrite state-of-the-art training in the areas of managerial and information technology skills and process improvement.
“Our skilled workforce is one of Michigan’s strongest assets in attracting the high tech centers of the world’s automakers and suppliers,” Granholm said. “These funds will help ensure we can supply the smart, well-trained workers that are essential to Michigan’s leadership in manufacturing innovation.”
In her 2006 State of the State address, Governor Granholm emphasized the need to make Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Strengthening the workforce is part of that plan, with job training one of the tools being used to enhance the state’s business-friendly climate.
Under the terms of the award, a qualified educational institution will administer the training and each company will provide a minimum 30 percent funding match.
The training providers, the six companies and number of employees benefiting from the grants are:
- Bing Group, Detroit - $100,000
Baker College Corporate Services, 1,000 current employees, 200 new hires
- Burtek Inc., Chesterfield – $30,000
Macomb Community College, 30 current employees, 30 new hires
- Duro-Last Roofing Inc., Saginaw  - $35,500
Delta College, 61 current employees, 10 new hires
- Frimo Inc., Wixom - $50, 000
Macomb Community College, 90 current employees, 10 new hires
- Plastech Engineering Products Inc., Dearborn - $300,000
Henry Ford Community College, 255 current employees, 105 new hires
- Schefenacker, Marysville - $86,697
St. Clair Community College, 76 current employees, 42 new hires
“EDJT grants are one way the MEDC helps job-creating enterprises keep up with the pace of technological change,” MEDC President and CEO Jim Epolito said. “Employers simply cannot survive in the present competitive climate without equipping their workers with the latest skills.”
Since 1994, more than $325 million in EDJT grants have helped over half a million Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life. For more information about the MEDC, please visit our Web site at www.michigan.org.
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